Al-Azhar's Grand Imam, Archbishop of Canterbury call to raise awareness of COVID-19 vaccine

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Oct 2021

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for increased awareness about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, expressing their fear of some people's refusal to be vaccinated, according to the Grand Imam's office on Thursday.

Caption : Sheikh Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb , Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Vatican on Thursday (Photo: Grand Imam of Al-Azhar s Office)

In a meeting held at the Vatican on the sideline of  the "Faith and Science: Towards COP26" summit, the two religious leaders called for practical solutions to ensure a fair distribution of vaccines, especially for the poorest African countries.

The Grand Imam and Archbishop agreed during their meeting on the necessity of spreading awareness about climate change and the dangers facing planet earth, expressing their concern that speech about the issue has not translated to actual action on the ground.   

Al-Tayyeb and Welby also stressed that political conflicts between developed countries have led to the loss of the rights in developing countries as well as the reemergence of ethnic conflicts. They agreed on the necessity of empowering religious leaders to work with world leaders in order to bring peace.

Al-Tayyeb expressed his happiness seeing Welby again, three years after holding "The Youth Peacemakers" program under the auspices of the Al-Azhar and Canterbury Cathedral of Britain in London.

According to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, this program created a group of youth who are capable of facing challenges.  

From his side, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that he agreed with Sheikh Al-Tayyeb about the necessity of continuing the "Youth Peacemakers" program.

Later on Thursday, Welby arrived in Egypt to inaugurate a new province for the Anglican Church.

Welby will launch the Anglican Church’s 41st Province of Alexandria, named for the city’s important position in the ancient Christian world, according to a statement by the Anglican Church.

The inauguration ceremony of the new province will take place at All Saints’ Cathedral in Zamalek, Cairo on Friday.

The Province of Alexandria includes 10 countries: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. Egypt currently heads the area.

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